Weather doesn't keep crowds away from C&O Canal Days

August 28, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART


While the rainy weather may have kept some visitors away from the 28th annual C&O Canal Days Saturday, there still were very few open parking places along Potomac Street.

On both sides of the street and throughout Byron Memorial Park, crowds of people were walking around, sampling food and enjoying the craft vendors, all in between the occasional raindrops.

"We have never been here before and it's great," said Dave Lindecamp of Greencastle, Pa., who was visiting C&O Canal Days with his wife, Evelyn, and his two nephews, Joe and Jon Cornett, ages 2 and 11 months, respectively.


The Lindecamps took advantage of the $1 trolley rides that originated at the park and transported people down to the Cushwa Basin and back. In a 30-minute period, the trolley made that round trip three times.

"It was all very interesting," Evelyn Lindecamp said. She especially enjoyed seeing the mule and the Civil War encampment at Cushwa Basin, both of which harkened back to the canal's history, when mules pulled boats along the canal.

Daniel Lee Tasker of Hancock and his wife, Robin Tasker, are part of the encampment, which began Friday night and will continue today when the event comes to a close at 5 p.m.

"This weather is actually good for us," Daniel Tasker said. Dressed in period costumes, the Taskers said the hot weather this summer has been very difficult to endure while wearing wool uniforms or heavy crinolines.

Members of the 8th Maryland, Company A for about eight years, they were accompanied by their daughter, Patty Tasker, who also was dressed for the occasion.

"It was really hot two weeks ago when we were in Gettysburg, Pa.," Robin Tasker said. Some re-enactors there cooled off in streams to beat the heat.

Bill Hansbury of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said he was looking for something to do this weekend when he read about C&O Canal Days.

"We're really glad we came, despite the weather," he said.

Martin Gallery, a law enforcement ranger with the National Park Service, said the turnout was disappointing at midafternoon.

"But there will be music events and they are all under tents, so they should be all right," Gallery said.

Today, two special events are planned: The rededication of a restored 1929 firetruck into the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Company fleet and a 2 p.m. contest for members of the Red Hat Clubs in Washington County, judging them on their hats and overall appearance.

If you go

What: C&O Canal Days

When: Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport

The C&O Canal Museum at 139 W. Potomac St. will be open today from noon to 5 p.m.

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